Spider Flower
(Common Spider Flower - Pink Queen)
Cleome spinosa
Syn: Neocleome spinosa
Syn: Tarenaya hassleriana - (Chodat) H.H. Iltis
Capparaceae (Caper) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth or hairy annual. Preferred habitat is woods and roadsides (plant is also widely distributed in the domestic landscape). Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part; compound palm-like with segments lance-like and stalked, or may be clasping the stem. Leaf base is wedge-shaped or may have a squared tip (truncate) to slightly heart-shaped and attached to the stem between the lobes (cordate).

Flowers are in a raceme; not symmetrical; bisexual; long flower stalk subtended by leaf-like bracts; four sepals, four petals and clawed; six stamens that are longer than the flower petals. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

The plant is a native of South America.

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